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October 1 · Issue #65 · View online

Sharing meaningful experiences, impactful ideas and career + event opportunities in the NY/TLV tech ecosystems

“All beginnings are hard” 🍎

Curated by YKC
Curated by YKC
Welcome back YKC community … A Shana Tova V'Metuka to all those celebrating. Israel was a blast, now back in New York. To read an account and analysis of my recent trip, check the piece I wrote for ISRAEL21c: Global brands need to be in Israel if they’re serious about innovation
Upcoming Event: I’m hosting another Israeli Tech Happy Hour on Wed Oct 23rd at Blue Midtown 220 W 44th St at 6:30pm. If you’re in the NY tech ecosystem and want to meet a number of good like-minded people in a short time or have interest in Israeli tech and want to connect with both American and Israeli professionals in a serendipitous and non-pretentious environment you should definitely join. $15 ($20 at the door). Make sure to purchase your tickets here.
Some inspiration
Some inspiration
“Rosh Hashanah isn’t just about being new, it’s about a change.”
–Max Levis
What I'm reading
What I'm reading
Rosh Hashanah is how we prove our humanity. Are you ready? by Rabbi David Bashevkin: Rosh HaShana (the Jewish New Year) is always that time of the year to be reflective. From what I understand according to tradition our actions during the ten days between this holiday and Yom Kippur will steer the direction of the rest of our days… no pressure. Whatever you believe in, now is a good time as any to take stock of where we are.
I fall into the bucket of not particularly religious “but spiritual” as so many of my generation do, but this piece by Rabbi Bashevkin reminds us of the humility of being human. As human beings we seem to be hopelessly inadequate in the face of emerging technologies such as AI. For those who believe in a higher power this is probably the same feeling, of awe, and feeling tiny in the grandeur of the universe.
The author notes how our imperfections are what makes us human as opposed to the perfection (and efficiency) we seek in technology. As we enter 5780 the one step we can all take is to understand that we are deeply imperfect people, and to try and act more empathetic towards around us. Our imperfections are what make us human after all.
Key Takeaways:
⚪️ Tech is making us less empathetic: Why deal with difficult emotions when you can just stare at your phone screen and distract yourself endlessly.
⚪️ Tech is creating new gods: Yuval Noah Harari wrote about this idea at length in Homo Deus, of new religions/ideologies being part our of the worship of data… not good for our humanity.
⚪️ Holidays are more important now then ever: Our ancestors could have not envisioned how desperately we would need a weekly break (Shabbat) or holidays to reflect when they created these rituals and practices.
Are religions still relevant in the 21st century? Yuval Noah Harari
Life; squeeze that lemon
Life; squeeze that lemon
⚪️Collective: Collective is a curated community of repeat entrepreneurs and operators who join forces to learn, explore new ideas, and support each other in building their most ambitious companies yet. Apply here.
⚪️Program Manager, Cyber Security Master’s Program-CCNY: They are hiring a lead for one of their most exciting programs - CCNY’s new Master’s Degree in Cyber security that will be built with industry partners such as Facebook! This is a truly unique opportunity to revolutionize what education can look like -harnessing the power of both academia and industry, making experiential learning a core part of education and diversifying the cyber pipeline! The program manager will work closely with the CCNY program leadership as well as with their team at Cyber NYC. To apply click here.
⚪️Unfunded List: Their committed evaluators are busy reviewing some fantastic grant proposals and other fundraising materials submitted by hardworking social entrepreneurs from all over the globe. This review period ends on October 10th which leaves more than enough time to read and provide helpful, candid feedback to a couple proposals. To submit a proposal for review, or to become an evaluator with them click here.
⚪️ The Jeffrey H. and Shari L. Aronson Family Foundation: Program Assistant. The Jeffrey H. and Shari L. Aronson Family Foundation is a private family foundation based in New York City. The Aronsons invest in higher education and career supports, primarily for low-income first generation college students; Jewish life and Israel; and local public health initiatives. The Foundation seeks to hire a Program Assistant to work closely with the Director to manage the day-to-day activities of the Foundation. The position is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to enter the field of philanthropy and deepen his/her knowledge of the nonprofit sector. If interested, please forward a resume with a cover letter to To learn more click here.
⚪️ Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation: The Operations Associate is a member of the U.S. Jewish Grantmaking team and is based in Schusterman’s Washington, DC office. The OA will work with the Senior Operations Manager to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency by providing operational leadership and support in the DC office to include financial management and preparation and management of contracts to support team initiatives, as well as serving as a liaison with other departments within Schusterman to integrate their functions into the team. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to with a subject line of “Operations Associate.” To learn more click here.
⚪️The Round - Tech Job Event: For developers & data scientists. London’s best loved tech job event coming to NYC. Showcasing some of the freshest open positions at the cutting edge of engineering & data science. Employers incl. FarFetch, Uber, Facebook, AppNexus. At their buzzing events, you’ll meet hundreds of Founders, CTOs & Team Leads & get a real sense of what working with them will be like. This means you’re sure to make lots of valuable contacts to help take your career forward. Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 at 05:00 PM. 26 Bridge St, Brooklyn. Learn more here.
⚪️ ER Accelerator Winter 2020: The companies selected to participate in the four-month program will receive a $100,000 investment and the potential for follow-on funding from ERA’s Fund. ERA gives you a chance to grow your business with the help of their operating partners and mentors. All this support can’t make your company successful; that’s your job. But they are with you every step of the way, aligning you with our dream team of experts to help with your many challenges. Deadline October 28. Apply here.
⚪️Tory Burch Foundation’s Fellows Program for female founders: 50 Fellows will participate in the year-long program: five-day workshop at the Tory Burch Office, $5,000 grant for business education, and the chance to be selected to pitch to investors and industry leaders. Deadline November 19. Learn more here.
Solving real problems
Solving real problems
Cyabra: Cyabra protects brands and governmental institutions from online disinformation threats (i.e fake news). Cyabra has raised more than $1.5M, and was chosen out of hundreds of startups to take part in the annual commercialization worldwide program led by Coca-Cola, Turner, Walmart, and Mercedes-Benz. The company consists of a team with a strong legacy from the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) Special Operations Department, having over 30 years of cumulative experience in cybersecurity, and board advisors such as Ram Ben Barak (former Deputy Director of the Mossad). For more information contact
Upcoming events + opportunities
Upcoming events + opportunities
⚪️ Sit-Down Investor Breakfast with Emily Bell, Programs Director, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator: On October 3, their speaker will be Emily Bell, Programs Director for Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, one of NYC’s leading tech accelerator. Since 2011, ERA’s 200+ company portfolio has raised +$500M in investor capital. As Programs Director, Emily oversees all operations including deal sourcing, investment selection and program planning/ops, and has invested in 100+ startups. Additionally, she manages ERA’s 500+ mentor network, the largest in NYC. Wed, October 2, 8:30 AM, KettleSpace @Baar Baar, 13 East 1st Street. Register here.
⚪️ Meet the VC Breakfast - NYC October 2019: Join Early Growth, Pacific West BankCooley LLPTriNet, and Cushman and Wakefield. at their “Meet the VC” event they sit down with an investor to talk investment thesis, current investment client and more. Founders will have the opportunity to ask the VC questions as it pertains to their particular business. Representatives from each service provider will also be on hand to help address any startup infrastructure needs you may have. Wed, October 2, 8:30 AM, Cooley LL, 55 Hudson Yards. RSVP here.
⚪️ Bridging The Gap From Friends & Family To Seed Round: At the outset of a new venture, most entrepreneurs raise capital from the people they trust the most: friends & family. After spending hours collecting & listening to customer feedback, building your product, & finally launching & gaining early traction, you’re ready to take things to the next level: it’s time to raise a seed-round! Wednesday, October 02, at 06:00 PM. WeWork, 500 7th Ave, 8th. Tickets here
⚪️ICON’s Women in Tech: The biggest, most vibrant Israeli women in tech community from Silicon Valley is coming to New York. Women in Tech NY with Hani Goldstein and Sivan Hermon. Bank Leumi, 350 Madison Ave, Terrace, 5th floor. Event will be held in Hebrew. 10/03. 7:00pm. Apply here.
⚪️ You’re invited to the Futureworks Closing Showcase: Join them for the Party of the Future: Futureworks Closing Showcase on Friday, Oct 4, from 6:30 at the Brooklyn Army Terminal Annex. This culminating event is designed to celebrate all the accomplishments of their innovative NYC startups! Take a joy ride on the Clip electric bicycle, see how Kara Water turns air into water, try out Wesa’s NightRide infra-red vision and experience more than 25 other engaging innovations. P.S. October 4 is Manufacturing Day!  Friday October 4th at 6:30PM. 80 58th Street Brooklyn. RSVP here.
⚪️ Fall drinks mixer: JUICE Labs x moonpod x Grit Daily: John Fiorentino (moonpod, Gravity Blanket) sits with Mars Gravity alum (MIT-NASA) and BeeHex 3D food printing cofounder Jordan French (Grit Daily) for one of Grit Daily news’ sometimes-ridiculous-and-always-enlightening talks. And yes, there will be plenty of drinks and at least two toasts. This is your shot to bring a new level of meaning to your life. Don’t blow it. And grab a Gravity Blanket while you’re at it. Wed, October 9, 7:00 PM. Juice Labs, 11 Harrison Stree, 2nd floor. Tickets here.
⚪️ NYU Future Labs 10th Anniversary: As part of the Future Labs community, they hope you’ll join them at their new home in Downtown Brooklyn to raise a toast to their startups past and present, find out more about the companies currently scaling at the Future Labs, and mingle with our graduates who have contributed so much to New York’s thriving tech entrepreneurship economy. NYU Tandon Future Labs, 370 Jay Street, Floor 7, Brooklyn. Thursday, October 10th, 5:00pm. RSVP here.
⚪️ Startup Grind NYC Hosts Doug Bemis (Uber AI): Doug Bemis has served as CTO and Cofounder for several startups ranging from a video game development group to a natural language process legal company to a machine learning research lab. In between start-up endeavors, Doug received a PhD in neurolinguistics and computational neuroscience from NYU based on studies into the neural bases of language comprehension. His most recent company - Geometric Intelligence - was acquired into Uber at the end of 2016 to form the basis of Uber AI Labs. Wed 16 Oct 6:30 pm, Verizon 5G Labs - 119 W 24th St, Fl 2 . Tickets here.
⚪️ SF Travel mixer: Bounce x Grit Daily News: Join Grit Daily News Columnist Sandra Ponce de Leon in conversation with Bounce cofounders Cody Candee (CEO) and Aleksander Rendtslev (CTO) to talk all things travel, convenience, and how to manage the “jump” with your stuff. If you’re in the travel biz be sure to check out this talk as Grit Daily is increasing its coverage in the industry. An media-friendly event, other journalists are likely to attend, too. Drinks included! Wed, October 16, 7:00 PM. Bounce HQ, 880 Harrison street, Suite 303B, San Francisco. Tickets here.
⚪️Sit-Down Investor Breakfast with Claire Fauquier, Principal, Highland Capital Partners: Claire Fauquier joined Highland in April 2019 after spending three and a half years at Corigin, a seed fund based in New York, where she sourced and led several deals and worked closely with founders on company boards. Highland Capital Partners is a global venture capital firm focused on putting the entrepreneur first, offering seed, early, and growth-stage funding solutions. With offices in Silicon Valley, Boston and Shanghai, Highland has raised over $3 billion in committed capital and invested in more than 225 companies. Thu, October 17, 8:30 AM, Kettlespace @BaarBaar. 13 East 1st Street. Register here
⚪️ Dailymotion Ad Tech Cocktails: Dailymotion Ad Tech Meetup: Rooftop Cocktails & Networking Party. Dailymotion Ad Tech Meetup. Oct 03, 6:00 PM. Dailymotion, 50 W 23rd St 10th floor. RSVP here.
⚪️ JIT NYC Happy Hour in the Sukkah: Over the past 2 years, they’ve come together to build a super special, grassroots online community of Jews in Tech who have supported each other through job transitions, office moves, technical issues and life changing introductions. It’s time to meet the humans behind the phone numbers! Their first event, JIT Shabbat Dinner, was a blast, and they are excited to keep the momentum going and gather for our second event: Happy Hour in the Sukkah! Drinks and snacks will be served! Oct 17th at 6:30PM Washington Square Park. Tickets here.
⚪️ Israeli Tech Happy Hour: Join us for a fall happy hour to connect with friends in the local ecosystem and meet new ones over a drink (or two). If you’re in the NY tech ecosystem and want to meet a number of good like-minded people in a short time or have interest in Israeli tech and want to connect with both American and Israeli professionals in a serendipitous and non pretentious environment you should definitely join. $15 ($20 at the door). Blue Midtown 220 W 44th St. Wednesday, Oct 23rd at 6:30 PM. Tickets here.
⚪️ Tmura hosting Ruvi Kitov/Tufin on Oct. 27th: Tmura invites you to join them for a fascinating talk by Ruvi Kitov, CEO & Co-Founder of Tufin, a Tmura donor company about his journey “From Start-up to the NYSE”. Sunday Oct 27th. 6:30pm. Office of Pearl Cohen, Azrieli Sarona Tower. 121 Menachem Begin, 53rd floor. Tel Aviv. Register here.
⚪️Join AICF’S 80TH Anniversary Celebration: You are invited to America-Israel Cultural Foundation’s 80th Anniversary Celebration. Introducing the inaugural Israeli Culture and Arts Awards. Honoring the most impactful Israeli artists. Special Performances by: The Sheba Ensemble, Cellist Nahar Elias, Choreographer Ori Flomin. Immersive Israeli Artist Experience throughout the event featuring an Art Auction, Live Music, and more! Sunday, November 17, 3:00PM. Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle. Causal Chic Dress Attire. Tickets here.
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